How does "no wires" sound?

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 05:59 PM |
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hardCOREware has a review of Logitech's Z-5450 Wireless Surround Speaker System.  If you have a wireless LAN, mouse, keyboard and phone, why do are you still forced to have wires for your surround sound system? 


"If you've used the Z-680, Z-5500, or any good surround PC speaker system, you might have been

annoyed by the rear speakers.

Source: hardCOREware

Video Quality Examined - The Eyes Have It

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 04:30 PM |
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The Firing Squad takes a close look at video quality, and how it applies to HDTV, and to video processors.  Any questions you might have had about what to expect in quality, or even how people write reviews that include quality, will be answered here.

"Alan challenges one of the recently published "third party studies" comparing ATI and NVIDIA

video technology and shows you just how deep the rabbit hole goes... unless you'd rather go on

believing what you want to believe.

Source: Firing Squad

Is VOIP really free?

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 03:44 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods examines this new thing called VOIP ... and tries to answer the real question ... is it truely free?

"We all hear about Voip here and Voip there but what does it really stand for? Voip stands for 'Voice over Internet control' which basically means the phone over the internet. We have seen Skype, MSN, etc… come onto the market with the marketing slogan, 'call free over the internet.' But is it really free?"

Computing Faster Than Light

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 11:31 AM |
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If you aren't familiar with quantum computing, you really should read this morning's article at The Tech Zone.  One of the most interesting ideas is instantaneous data transfer, not to mention incredible processing power.

"Imagine a computer whose memory is exponentially larger than its apparent physical size; a computer that can manipulate an exponential set of inputs simultaneously; a computer that computes in the twilight zone of space. You would be thinking of a quantum computer.

But the flamethrower makes it cool

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2005 - 03:17 PM |
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Robosapien is kinda neat, but it's functionality is limited.  MAKE: Blog has found someone who thought a little improvement is in order, and what could improve the Robosapien more than a flamethrower?


"Filed under the "don't try this a home" Maker project.
Source: MAKE: Blog

Coming Soon, to an AMD based system near you

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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The Tech Report takes a look at what is known in the way of plans from AMD this year, and into the future.  If you are curious, or just looking to confirm any rumours you might have heard, then give the article a good look.

"AMD HAS BEEN rather tight-lipped about its future plans recently, as we've noted. Its public CPU roadmap was last revised in March and doesn't extend beyond the end of this year, with no major product changes slated between now and then.

HOW TO: FTP server on your home PC

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2005 - 04:01 PM |
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When a USB thumbdrive or harddrive isn't enough to take it all with you, consider a home FTP site.  Then you can transfer whatever you need to where ever you might be at the time.  MAKE:Blog will send you to a site that can show you how.

"A home FTP server is useful to anyone who wants to save and retrieve files on their computer from anywhere. Ever forget a Word document on your home desktop that you really need at work?

Source: MAKE: Blog

AMD OPENS NEW 300MM FAB 36 IN DRESDEN, GERMANY

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2005 - 11:44 AM |
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-New Facility Will Help AMD Nearly Double its Output in the Next Three Years, Meet Growing Demand for AMD64 Processors and Achieve Aggressive Growth Objectives-


DRESDEN, Germany-Oct.

Source: AMD

When Keyboards Meet Mr. Potato Head

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2005 - 11:42 AM |
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The Ergodex DX1 is a very unique input device.  It is basically a square, upon which you can place keys, where ever you want.  Then you use the bundled software to assign the commands to the keys you've placed.  If WASD is getting you down, head to PimpRig and read all about it.

""To place a key, first you peel off the protective cover off of the adhesive, then press it down firmly on the DX1 pad. To remove the key, simply twist it off.

Source: PimpRig

Intel Donates $1 Million In Support Of South Asia Earthquake Relief Efforts

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2005 - 04:44 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 13, 2005 — Intel Corporation's philanthropic arm, the Intel Foundation, will donate $1 million for disaster and humanitarian relief efforts related to the South Asia earthquake. The Foundation will also match dollar-for-dollar employee contributions in support of the relief effort through November.